When you pass through the gates at Carlton, you first see what Dale Sorensen Real Estate agent Cathy Curley says is the most fabulous tree in all of Vero.
“It’s this huge, perfectly circular and balanced live oak that is to me quite the Carlton signature fixture,” Curley says, noting the tree embodies the distinctive luxury and elegance Carlton is known for.
Fountains gurgle at the building’s entrance, enhancing the colonial West Indies architectural design in the 15-acre, upscale community and setting the tone for the superbly appointed lobby.
“Another special feature of Carlton is that there are only six units per building – three per tower – so you’re not sharing the elevator, which opens right into the unit. And when you enter, you immediately have dramatic ocean views,” notes Curley.
The oceanfront condominium at 600 Beachview Dr., #2S, is especially desirable, explains Curley, because it is one the larger Carlton floorplans, with four bedrooms, four full baths and one half-bath, and faces south.
Carlton is known for its solid construction, with concrete floors and sound-insulated masonry walls between residences ensuring privacy and quiet, a big boon for condo living.
The apartment’s foyer opens into a grand salon lined with glass walls that showcase the ocean as a backdrop to the formal living area and let in a flood of natural light.
“There is just something about the ocean – it’s always changing, like art. But it’s just so calming,” says Curley.
Opening onto a spacious veranda with a summer kitchen and a wrap-around balcony, the salon is perfect for entertaining any time of the year.
A wet bar and gas fireplace grace the interior wall, with columns defining the space between the salon and the formal dining room.
The owner’s suite is accessed through a set of doors leading into a rotunda-shaped vestibule. The spacious bedroom and luxurious bath have built-ins, access to the veranda, a walk-in closet, built-in dresser, jetted tub, shower, water closet with bidet, two sinks and a built-in vanity – but the real prize is the ocean view from the bed, notes Curley.
The kitchen, breakfast nook, laundry room, powder room and family room are located at the center of the condo, easily accessible to the homeowners and their guests.
The kitchen is ideally suited to handle formal dining or casual family gatherings. The pass-thru into the family room ensures game-day snacks are easily shared, while the breakfast nook allows for morning coffee with the balcony doors thrown open to enjoy ocean breezes.
On the western side of the condo, three guest bedrooms and bathrooms are clustered with access to a shared terrace, a family room and a private balcony. The family room is a perfect gathering spot for adult guests with their little ones where they can spread out and enjoy a little downtime.
“The best thing about this particular unit is the direct beach access from the oceanfront terrace. It’s so easy for pet owners or those who enjoy walking on the beach. This oceanfront terrace is unlike any other I’ve seen on any Vero condominium,” says Curley.
The expansive terrace has a grill, plenty of dining space and room for sizable, comfortable furniture where you can read and relax. It even has room for a TV and gas fireplace, points out Curley.
“Carlton condos live like a house, but without the maintenance so that you can enjoy the Florida lifestyle,” adds Curley, noting an extensive list of amenities available to residents, including frequent social events and cocktail parties.
A computer-generated ProxKey system with electronic keys provides easy access to the owner’s building, elevator, condominium, two-car air-conditioned garage with storage, community areas and dune crossover.
Custom concierge service is available to each homeowner and three guest rooms on the second floor of the clubhouse are available to residents for a nominal fee to house overflow company.
Amenities include the gated dune crossover leading to 1,200 feet of beach, the clubhouse and catering kitchen for entertaining, a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis court, putting green, basketball hoop, Jacuzzi and sauna. “The space and amenities are exceptional compared to other oceanfront options at this price point,” says Curley.
Carlton Vero Beach is only a short drive from life-guarded beaches, oceanside dining and shopping, and cultural opportunities at the Riverside Theatre and Vero Beach Museum of Art.